The Embakasi East Member of Parliament has been released after spending the weekend in police custody. This is after a section of Jubilee legislators led by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja have moved to fight for the release of the controversial Member of Parliament who was arrested on Friday, January 19 for assault and malicious destruction of property.
The Nairobi senator who visited Babu Owino at Parklands Police Station on Sunday vowed to ensure the legislator is set free immediately even made an undertaking of Ksh.104,000 and a personal surety to produce him in court on Monday, January 22 at 8 am. “No political leader should be arrested unlawfully because of his political party be it NASA or Jubilee,” said Sakaja.
Speaking at the police station, Sakaja termed the assault allegations behind Babu Owino’s arrest and detention as a petty offence that should not warrant him a three-day detention in police cell. “This is a petty offence. I don’t agree with it and I will stand for him. I am staying here until Babu is released,” said Sakaja
Additionally the Nairobi Senator managed to have Babu Owino brought out of the cells to meet his colleagues. National Super Alliance (NASA) legislators including Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, Mathare legislator Anthony Oluoch, Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga and former Embakasi South MP Irshad Sumra were also at the station seeking to have Babu Owino released.
Similarly, the Opposition Chief Raila Odinga and his co-principal Moses Wetangula on Saturday went to Parklands Police Station demanding to know the reasons behind the arrest of the controversial MP and why he could not be released immediately; though their demand to have the first-time legislator released never bore fruits with Babu being forced to spend his other night in custody.
Babu Owino was arrested on Friday afternoon following accusations of assaulting a parking attendant in Westlands, Nairobi on January 11. He spent two nights in police cells after efforts by opposition leaders and University of Nairobi students to secure his freedom hit a dead end.